Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (548)

Pat Breen


548. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payments will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9479/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Beef Data and Genomics Programme 2017 - 2022 provides for six years of payments to farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability.

Under the Terms and Conditions of the BDGP, 2014 is the reference year on which payments are based. However in certain limited circumstances where 2014 is not typical of usual farming practice a participant can apply to use 2017 as the reference year. The person named successfully applied to use 2017 as a reference year and my Department is currently verifying the number of cows that calved in these herds during 2017 . Payments will commence shortly subject to verification of compliance with all other BDGP requirements.